THE family of seven-year-old Hayley Cameron from Goonellabah is hoping to get the Lismore community behind them at this year's Riverwalk.
The annual fundraiser event, held in Ballina by the Developing Foundation, is a 5km walk commencing at Missingham Park Amphitheatre, Ballina, on Sunday, September 16.
The Cameron family hopes to raise $16,000 through the Riverwalk event.
Since Hayley was born, she suffered from seizures and was diagnosed with a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis. Her family also struggles to cope with the costs associated with raising a child with high care needs especially with the ever-growing gap between government assistance and actual need.
Hayley is unable to walk or crawl, has very low muscle tone and has very limited use of her hands and arms.
She is non-verbal and has a feeding peg for her nutrition and medications.
She also has physical and developmental delays and requires the support of prescription medications.
To support or donate to Team Hayley, visit developingfoundation. org.au/family/hayleyc.
According to Riverwalk organiser Angela Mathew, caring for a child with a disability is not a sprint; it's a marathon.
"Having access to respite and being able to care for them properly makes a world of difference," Angela said.
"I hope that everyone will help out by taking part in Riverwalk; it's about giving back to your community and the feeling is magic"
You can register online for Riverwalk at www.riverwalk.org.au or on the day from 9am.
It costs $20 per family, $7 per adult or $3 for children and the walk starts at 10am.
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